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FRIDAY EDITION: C'mon, are people really buying these?....Some of our first 0-60 mph testing in Teslonda. We managed to get 2.7 seconds out of her, and that is with 38 degree asphalt, cold tires and a cold battery.....I am on the road Saturday to Venice, Florida, not sure when I will update things after today, most likely as soon as I find wireless in the motel I stay at.....One of my grandsons just signed up for ROTC when he starts his freshman year in high school next September. Gloucester High School is one of few schools in MA with a very active ROTC program and they have done quite well in shooting competitions over the years. (plus you get out of gym class!). He has shot everything we own at the local sportsman's club range and loves shooting. ....Gloucester High has their own shooting range fro ROTC.

I will be on APRS most of the trip.....k1tp-7  just to see if it works...

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City eases up on amateur radio restrictions
The Independent Enterprise reports Payette, Idaho’s amateur radio operators need no longer fear for their hobby’s local future

The city’s latest ordinance regulating the placement and height of “personal wireless facilities, spires, poles, antennas, steeples, towers, and other such structures” is essentially a slightly reduced version of an ordinance passed a year ago. The new law largely does away with the previous version’s provisions which had raised a red flag among ham radio enthusiasts.

Gone, with passage of the new measure, Ordinance 1438, is a restriction against placing “towers supporting amateur radio antennas” in the “front, side, or street side yard” of a residential lot. Gone also is last year’s new 30-foot tower height limit for an amateur radio antenna, where no limit had previously existed. Ordinance 1438 increases the limit to 70 feet, and does away with a requirement for a conditional use permit for any antenna taller than 35 feet.


The City Council passed Ordinance 1438 at its meeting on Feb. 5, following a public hearing that same night which included supportive testimony from two local amateur radio operators, Julie Bunker KV7JB and Neil Nelson KG6NTA.

Read the full story at
http://www.argusobserver.com/independent/news/city-eases-up-on-amateur-radio-restrictions/article_656047d4-1736-11e8-b2a2-f3183446127e.htm

JOTA 2018 Patches to be Available this Summer

The patch design for the US Jamboree on the Air 2018 (JOTA) has been selected by the National Radio Scouting Committee. BSA Supply expects to have patches available this summer.

National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said it’s never too early to begin planning for JOTA, and quite a bit of information to help in planning is available, including JOTA Countdown, JOTA Station Planning, and JOTA Event Tips. A podcast on JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) operations from Scouting Stuff You Should Know may also be useful. “It provides a Canadian perspective, but it’s sound advice for any location,” Wilson said.

The National Radio Scouting Committee has developed a draft Troop Meeting Plan for Radio. Looking ahead, next year is the World Scout Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. To recognize the first North American World Jamboree — hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the US — the call sign NA1WJ has been secured for the event.

More information is in the World Scout Jamboree Amateur Radio Operational Vision document. 

11-year-old talks to the world

The Reflector-Chronicle reports on 11-year-old Dylan Krueger who is studying to get his amateur licence and is currently using HamSphere

What started with running a quick errand for his grandmother ended in a hobby that has opened a realm of possibilities for 11-year-old Dylan Krueger.

“I was at my grandma’s house and my grandma’s neighbor wanted trash bags, so I went across the street and he was like ‘I’m all into radios and robots. Do you want to come see them?’,” Dylan said, recalling the day he met John Kovac K0VAC in Junction City.

That is when he began learning about Ham Radio operations.

“I asked him if I could talk, but he said you have to get a license before you can talk,” Dylan said.

That meeting opened a whole new world to Dylan who has since spoken with people from around the country and the world, including India, the United Kingdom, Idaho and Arizona.

He is now studying to take the Ham Radio Technician Exam, but has been able to communicate through an Internet program called HamSphere which does not require a license.

Read the full story at
http://www.abilene-rc.com/news/year-old-krueger-talks-to-the-world/article_4de0a1c2-1190-11e8-9830-1397a4293bc5.html

HamSphere http://www.hamsphere.com/

THURSDAY EDITION:  It hit about 65° here yesterday, 39° today with snow arriving late afternoon.  The free home energy audit arrived and replaced 30 bulbs with LED bulbs, new shower heads, left me two new programmable thermostats, energy strips, etc. It was free and I haven't been on the radio since to check out what kind of rfi racket, if any, the new bulbs will emit....

Just in Case You Missed Z60A, More Z6 Operations are Just Ahead

Z68M, a one-person DXpedition by Mome Dimovski, Z32ZM, will be on the air February 22 to March 6, on 160 – 10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, and JT65. Confirm contact using Club Log.

Also in March, Gab Barison, HB9TSW, who is in the Swiss Air Force will be in Pristina, Kosovo, March 29 to April 19 as part of a NATO mission, will be active as Z68BG in his spare time, as especially evenings and Sunday. He’ll be running 100 W to a ground plane, CW on 80 – 17. He uses LoTW.

Later this year, Z68AA and Z68RBJ, helmed by Croatian Flora Fauna Radio Club members 9A6AA, 9A2MF, and 9A5RBJ (ON3RBJ), will take place in mid-May from Peja, 100 W, 80 – 10 meters, wire antennas, SSB, CW, and FT8. QSL Z68AA via 9A6AA, and Z68RBJ via 9A5RBJ. They will use LoTW.

The hugely popular Z60A celebratory operation from Pristina culminated on Kosovo’s 10th anniversary, February 18. The Z60A operating sites were left intact for a return over the weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest, March 3 – 5. The initial activation of Kosovo as a DXCC entity resulted in 81,478 contacts with 26,487 individual call signs. Europe dominated the tally with two-thirds of the contacts. North American stations accounted for 22% of stations worked. Delegates from 10 countries were part of the initial activity. — Thanks to The Daily DX, OPDX, and Martti Laine, OH2BH

How far away can you see a cherry red Tesla Roadster?
Yesterday, a telescope in Chile spotted Elon Musk's electric car 3.7 million kilometers from Earth as it was passing by star cluster NGC 5694.

Using orbital elements published by NASA, amateur astronomers are setting new distance records almost every day as they track the Roadster en route to the orbit of Mars.

Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for updates and a movie of the Roadster and the star cluster.

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Saturday I am on the road to Florida, nephew moves in for the  month and keeps a watch on the house....and probably has a party or two...Sunny and should hit almost 70 here today, and snow predicted for tomorrow, go figure...Forget curling, start watching the Olympic water sports ...

New Jersey Institute of Technology hosts first citizen science workshop measuring the effects of the 2017 solar eclipse

This past August, the United States was witness to one of the most beautiful and significant astronomical events in human history – a total solar eclipse that travelled across the country from Oregon to South Carolina.

In addition to its visual beauty, this eclipse also had profound effects on the ionosphere, an electrically charged portion of the upper atmosphere that affects radio communications and navigation systems. These ionospheric effects piqued the interest of scientists and amateur radio operators across the country. They conducted one of the largest citizen science experiments in space science, an international ham radio operating event specifically for studying the eclipse. Many of these scientists and hams will be gathering for the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI, http://hamsci.org) workshop .

The event will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ this Friday and Saturday (February 23-24, 2018) to share their observations and findings. The program begins each day at 9AM at the Campus Center.

Presentations by scientists and ham radio operators from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the Massachusettes Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory will highlight the program.

All interested are welcome to attend the workshop. For more information and registration, please visit http://hamsci.org/hamsci2018.

This HamSCI 2018 workshop is organized by Dr. Nathaniel Frissell and is hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in “The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) 2017 Annual Report,” released this week.

ARES Connect is a volunteer management system that covers event signup, reporting, and roster management,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said. “It does not change how ARES operates when serving a partner entity; it is simply a system that will make managing volunteers and events easier.” Beta testing of ARES Connect will begin in March. ARES made changes to its report forms last year to make it easier to process information at ARRL Headquarters and to standardize the format for all forms. ARES Monthly Reports have been posted to the ARRL website, providing regular information on Amateur Radio public service communication activity, the report noted.

According to the 2017 report, ARES membership stands at 31,332, up by nearly 13% from 2016. The number of emergency operations events reported was up by 665 from the previous year, with 1,913 reported in 2017. The top three states in terms of ARES membership in 2017 were California (2,265), Texas (1,930), and Ohio (1,858).

Reported ARES events amounted to 51,673 in 2017 — a 4% increase — accounting for 718,930 volunteer hours at a calculated value of more than $17.3 million.

“There was a noticeable increase in reported activity during August through November,” the ARES 2017 Annual Report said. “During this period there was Amateur Radio response activity for hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; wildfires in the western states, and the total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21.”

 

TUESDAY EDITION: To start the day we are looking at sprinkles, clouds, and 50° in paradise....Cleaning out the travel car today and starting to load her up...Build your own DMR radio....why didn't I think of this: Vagina Wigs......

Pinoy students fail to reach astronauts at space station

Getting to talk to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) was supposed to be a first for Filipino students. But the live contact session on Saturday night didn’t work out as planned.

Eight high school students from the University of the Philippines and Holy Angel University anxiously waited as scientists and engineers from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) tried to establish contact with the ISS crew through amateur radio.

The 10-minute window for making contact closed and the ISS crew did not acknowledge Manila’s call.

While the DOST has yet to ascertain the cause of the failure to connect with the astronauts, balik scientist Leo Almazan, who oversaw the activity, assured the public that the connection of the Philippine team was good as the radio and antenna it used worked just fine.

Almazan said the team would discuss on Sunday with its partner, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, to determine what exactly happened......and this is why it is called "amateur radio"

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/969721/pinoy-students-fail-to-reach-astronauts-at-space-station#ixzz57dRNA4Oc

Humor: A mother and her 5 year old daughter were driving down a highway one day when suddenly a giant dildo hits their windshield…

Daughter – Mommy, what was that?

Mom – (Not wanting her daughter to know what it really was) It was just a bug honey. Don’t worry about it.

There were a few seconds of silence.

Daughter – Did you see the size of the dick on that thing?

MOTIVATION MONDAY EDITION: Russia stunned by doping allegation against curling team member, me too! Why would you need to take any drugs to play a sport that doesn't require any more strength than curling a 12 ounce Schlitz can......Sunny and 38°, a good start to the day......looking at a nice summer kitchen renovation job, crunching some numbers, and will be ready to go after a sunny vacation in Florida....Over two thousand Boston MBTA workers (subway, etc) made over $100k. Driving a fricken train you can't even get lost on, you don't even have to steer it!...Sometimes I wonder, did if I wasted my time earning a BS, MSED, MA Broker and Construction License....Aren't you getting sick of the "assault weapon" bullshit? The libs would like to see an America with no guns at all in the our hands and citizens at the mercy of the  police and military for protection. Can you imagine a whole country of pussies in 25 years learning the new national language of Russian or Chinese? Don't  laugh....Have you noticed the lack of excitement for the Olympics in general by the younger generation? My kids could care less about watching the events. We do not dominate the Olympics anymore and the competition with Russia seems to be thing of the past.....On a brighter note, Joe-JEK said the Marlboro Hamfest was well attended and some good stuff was for sale and selling, a good social event I missed again.....

SpaceX to launch demo satellites for its high-speed internet project

Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to deliver high-speed internet to the world using thousands of small satellites -- and this week that plan is moving closer to reality. Wouldn't it be nice to tell Comcast to screw off?

The company is slated to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 6:17 a.m. local time on Wednesday. On board will be two experimental satellites that will test out the technology SpaceX plans to use for its internet service, according to public filings.

SpaceX has the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission to send up the test satellites. And last week, FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave SpaceX's internet ambitions a nudge by urging the FCC to approve SpaceX's broader internet proposal.

SpaceX's plan is to "deliver broadband services directly to [people] anywhere in the United States or around the world" at speeds similar to some of the quickest ground-based internet connections.

Billions of people around the globe still lack internet access, so companies have been racing to find a better way to beam internet down from the sky.

They include OneWeb, a startup that's attracted backing from the likes of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Coca-Cola and Qualcomm. And that startup already has approval from the FCC to send internet satellites into orbit.

FCC chairman Pai, who was appointed by President Trump, said last week that if SpaceX gets approval for its satellite project, it'll be a first for an American-based company in the internet-in-space race.

Some of SpaceX's internal financial documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal last year show the company has high expectations for this satellite network.

"SpaceX projected the satellite-internet business would have over 40 million subscribers and bring in more than $30 billion in revenue by 2025," the Journal reported.

Read the full NBC-2 story here
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/37534165/spacex-to-launch-demo-satellites-for-its-high-speed-internet-project

Sony likely to cease production of shortwave radios

SONY Japan declared in January that they ended the production of ICF-SW35 shortwave receiver. They also declared in February that they end the sales of another shortwave receiver ICF-7600GR at their on-line store. Probably they will declare the end of its production soon.

ICF-SW35 has been on sale since 2000, ICF-7600GR since 2001. This means SONY will completely withdraw from the shortwave receiver market.

Remaining SONY shortwave receivers are ICF-EX5MK2 and ICF-M780N, both are exclusively for the reception of Radio Nikkei, tunable to only 6 fixed shortwave frequencies of Radio Nikkei, Japan. (Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR ml)

Read more at
http://www.bclnews.it/2018/02/11/sony-shortwave-receivers-will-to-an-end/

 

Well, he does have safety glasses and gloves on....but as we all know, "you can't fix stupid"

 

WEEKEND Edition: Sunny and 40° here Sunday morning, about 3 inches of snow, 6 more days of this horse shit weather until FL....Oh God, she "burned a rock", boil her in oil! What a ridicules sport, how can they call this a sport?.....Rain and about 40° and a prediction of 1-4 inches of plowable heavy snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. Club breakfast is now cancelled and on with the damn tire chains and plow Saturday afternoon. I hope the last of the snow before I head out to Florida.....EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!  http://eurobureauqsl.org/newsletter/......3928 The Bull Net "Pasture Call"  was like the old wild west yesterday. Warren lost control early on but all ended well. A fun group...

AMSAT Argentina balloon flight completes 2nd trip around the world

AMSAT Argentina reports that their earth circling El PicoGlobo WSPR beacon balloon has now completed its 2nd lap around the world.

After its 2nd crossing of the Pacific Ocean the balloon flew over Patagonia, then headed north at 12,000 meters altitude to Buenos Aires during the night of February 11. On February 12 it flew over Uruguay then turned east out over the Atlantic Ocean to begin its 3rd circle of the Earth.

PicoGlobo transmits a WSPR beacon on 14.0956 MHz.

Flight progress can be followed at:
http://lu7aa.org.ar/wspr.asp

https://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FLU1ESY-3&timerange=604800&tail=604800

Ham radios offered lifeline to Puerto Rico after Maria

WESH News reports on the Orlando HamCation and the key role amateur radio played in the aftermath of hurricane Maria

Thousands of people flocked to a huge electronics show at the Central Florida Fairgrounds this weekend. Ham radio hobbyists and amateurs gathered in the thousands for the 72nd edition of the Orlando "HamCation."

Ham radio operators use a wide range of frequencies and technologies to communicate around the world and locally.

For decades, ham radio operators have been vital during disasters, when all other communications fail.

How to handle disasters was one of the topics that radio operators discussed. Those at the event heard from the man who led the amateur radio effort to help Puerto Rico immediately after Hurricane Maria in September.

"During that time we had 100 percent loss of power and 98 percent loss of all communication on the island," Oscar Resto, Puerto Rico ham radio manager, said.

Amateur radio was an important lifeline for the government, emergency workers and citizens, who had to rely on it when nothing else worked.

Read the full WESH story at
http://www.wesh.com/article/orlando-hamcation-event-ham-radios-offered-lifeline-to-puerto-rico-after-maria/17014915

US Army Ditches Grenade Throwing Requirement Because Too Many Recruits Can’t Throw Far Enough

On Friday, the Army revealed that it is nixing the grenade throwing requirement, where recruits had to show that they could hurl the explosive a minimum of 25 meters, because “a large number of trainees” can’t meet the distance, even lacking the physical ability “to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters.”...read this damn article, what have we become?...

ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.


Mason was a lifelong radio amateur from Seattle who was an active ARRL National Traffic System participant and manager. In 1923, he relocated to Connecticut to serve as an editor of the ARRL’s journal, QST. Mason’s first polar experience was as a radio operator with the Wilkins-Detroit News Arctic expedition that traversed the North Pole by air in 1928. This led to his selection by Byrd to be a radio engineer with his first Antarctic expedition. Mason was co-operator of Little America’s base radio station, WFA, used to keep in contact with the rest of the world.

Mason continued to use the key in his ensuing and varied endeavors. Prior to his death in 1996, he gave the key to Burlingame of Bellevue,

Washington, a collector and biographer who generously donated it to the ARRL Heritage Museum. The museum plans to display the key as part of an exhibition tentatively scheduled to open on April 15. The exhibition also will include a large wooden key, engraved with “WFA” and bearing the signatures of some expedition members.

Also on display will be a first edition of Admiral Byrd’s book Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, the Flight to the South Pole and an album of contemporary newspaper clippings, both part of the Burlingame donation. A complete narrative will be posted to the Heritage Museum Section of the ARRL website.

The key and the Little America radio operators can be seen in action in an original film available on YouTube, which offers a first look of the towers erected there (at the 15:00 mark). — Thanks to Michael Marinaro, WN1M, ARRL Volunteer Staff Historian/Archivist

A44A cancels youth participation in CQWW 160m contest

The IARU Region 1 site reports the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) has canceled the youth participation in the CQWW 160m contest
The report says it due to problems on the A44A side but no details are given
IARU Region 1  http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/general/1770-a44a-cancels-youth-participation-in-cqww-160m-contest-2

Emily Calandrelli's latest book aimed at young people Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader, features amateur radio


Ada is an 8-year-old with a knack for science, mathematics, and solving mysteries with technology. Her latest project is to fix up a ham radio, something that she could use to contact people on this planet…and beyond. K1TP note: I was given a pre-release copy for review, in a nutshell, a very interesting story. A little girl goes up in the attic to her dad's ham radio set and makes a contact with Mud Duck on 75. I won't give away the ending.....

The book will be available on May 1 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon at    http://amzn.to/2DbKt9L

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2103 for Friday, Feb. 16, 2018..a rehash of the news


BOUVET ISLAND REDUX


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We open this week's report with an update of sorts for DXers hoping to get Bouvet Island in their logbooks, despite the recently scrapped Three Why Zero Eye DXpedition (3Y0I). Robert Broomhead VK3DN has the good news.

ROBERT: The Bouvet Island DXpedition is on - well, sort of. A team of eastern European amateurs who had planned their activation in late 2017 has put the trip back on the calendar. Southgate Amateur News reported that Dominik 3Z9DX, Stanislaw SQ8X, Leszek SP3DOI, Branko YU4DX and Frans J69DS have put their trip back on the agenda with what they describe as [quote] "a matter of urgency." [endquote] The team had cancelled its plans late last year at the request of the 3Y0Z DXpedition that had to be unexpectedly aborted earlier this month after reaching its destination.

Although no dates for the trip have been made public, reports indicate that the radio license has been renewed and the Norwegian Polar Institute has also issued a landing permit that is good through February of 2019. The team has indicated they want the expedition to occur during the Southern Hemisphere's sub-antarctic summer.

So if you're still looking to get Bouvet Island in your logbook, you may get your chance after all. The team's plans will be to sail from South Africa to the island where they will set up a camp and radio on the glacier plateau.

Until you can listen for Three Why Zero Eye (3Y0I) on the bands, watch for updates on their web page at bouvetoya dot org (https://bouvetoya.org) in Polish or a Google translated version is at tinyurl dot com forward slash Bouvet dash three Why Zero EYE (tinyurl.com/Bouvet-3Y0I)

VANDALS DESTROY REPEATER IN UK

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: It's tough enough when equipment failure knocks a repeater off the air, but in the UK presumed criminal activity has destroyed a popular SSTV repeater. Ed Durran DD5LP has those details.

ED'S REPORT: Security had been high but it apparently was not enough to protect the MB7TV repeater used by the Martello Tower Group for SSTV. Following reports that the repeater had gone off the air, the group's chairman Tony G0MBA visited the site on Feb. 3 and discovered vandalism and theft had destroyed it.

The cables had been cut and the repeater itself was stolen - a laptop, a Kenwood TM-D700E radio, SSTV interface, wi-fi interface, thermostatic controlled heater, PSU, 20ft pole, aerial and coax, according to Keith G6NHU.

Keith told Amateur Radio Newsline that there are no suspects. He said [quote] "nobody outside the group knew the exact location of the repeater as the information on the website said it was located somewhere completely different. As far as we know there are no bad feelings between the group and other local hams so the only conclusion we can draw is that it's some chancers who have seen it on the wall and decided to break it open and steal the contents."

The group estimated the cost of the equipment lost as between £600 and £700 -- or between eight hundred fifty and a thousand dollars in U.S. currency. Keith said there is no other local alternative until the repeater is rebuilt and put back on the air. The group has meanwhile requested financial gifts towards the costs of the new build via its website or through PayPal. For more information, contact repeaters at martellotowergroup dot com (repeaters@martellotowergroup.com).

SILENT KEY: HAMVENTION'S JERRY MILLER WD8QAI

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The ham radio community has suffered two big losses - two Silent Keys. We hear first from Don Wilbanks AE5DW with this report on the death of a key contributor to Dayton Hamvention.

DON: Jerry Miller WD8QAI, one of Hamvention's core organizers become a Silent Key. Jerry died on Sunday, Feb. 11 at his Centerville, Ohio home.

Jerry was a valued member of Dayton Amateur Radio Association, most especially on the board of directors and in helping the club put together the annual Dayton Hamvention. He also served as editor of its newsletter, the RF Carrier and was also considered the driving force behind the group's new clubhouse that became the W8BI ham shack.

Jerry had been licensed since the 1970s and his name was widely known among hams around the world. A retiree from Delco Products, Jerry operated his own company, Windbluff Computer Services, in the Dayton area.

Funeral services were to be held on Saturday the 17th of February at the Tobias Funeral Home's Beavercreek Chapel in Dayton.

Hamvention's Michael Kalter W8CI said of Jerry: [quote] "He will be sorely missed by his family and hams all over the world." [endquote]

SILENT KEY: DAVID HANNA WX4NCS

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A ham active in emergency communications in the Birmingham, Alabama area, has also become a Silent Key, as we hear from Kevin Trotman N5PRE.

KEVIN: Alabama amateurs are mourning the loss of David Hanna WX4NCS who died on the 10th of February in a tragic accident. David, who was active in emergency communications, had been cleaning his gun when it discharged, striking him in the chest. He was rushed to UAB Hospital in Birmingham where he died during emergency surgery. David, who lived in Leeds, worked as a security officer for Security Engineers, a private security firm in Birmingham. He was actively involved in Birmingham area emergency communications including Skywarn, and served as control manager of several local nets on VHF.
He was an A-double-R-L Traffic Manager for Jefferson Co., as well as an Assistant Emergency Coordinator. A former firefighter and emergency medical technician, Hanna leaves a wife and young daughter.

FINE OF $50,000 IMPOSED ON HAM IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

STEPHEN
/ANCHOR: As Newsline reported late last year, a ham in Trinidad and Tobago was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of unlicensed radio transmissions. The judge has spoken and John Williams VK4JJW has that story.

JOHN: An amateur radio operator in Trinidad and Tobago must pay a $50,000 fine or face five years in jail for unlicensed radio transmissions in 2007, before he was licensed.

Desi-Lee Bonterre, a master certified electronics technician, had testified during his trial that he was in the process of repairing the transmitters when police visited his home 11 years ago and found the equipment. He was found guilty of operating without a license from his home. At the time, his attorney had asked for leniency for his client, who was eventually granted a license by the Telecommunications Authority, TATT. His attorney noted at the time that Bonterre, an Extra Class license holder in the U.S. is also an American Red Cross volunteer and a member of the Radio Emergency Association Citizen Team, or REACT.

His QRZ page lists his U.S. call sign from a New Jersey address as N2DLB.

Although Bonterre won his case in magistrate's court, the telecommunications authority appealed and the judges ruled that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to a recent report in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, Bonterre must pay the fine within 90 days or face prison.

AMATEUR BECOMES PRESIDENT OF HARVARD

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Add to the long list of achievements by amateur radio operators the presidency of Harvard University. As we hear from Heather Embee KB3TZD, the newest university president taking office this summer has a mission - and a call sign.

HEATHER: Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1FZQ, of Brookline, Massachusetts, is taking office as the 29th president of Harvard University this summer. A graduate of MIT, Lawrence earned three additional degrees on the Harvard campus and now he can add "president" to that list. Bacow will take the reins of the campus effective July 1.

Lawrence, who grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, is the son of a ham radio operator: the call signs W8JYZ and N4MB were used by his father Mitchell, who died in 2007.

There's another reason Lawrence should feel right at home on campus: Harvard University is home to amateur radio station W1AF.

RADIO SCOUTS RELEASE WORLD REPORT FOR JAMBOREE

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Jamboree on the Air's official report has been released and Bill Stearns NE4RD has those details.

BILL'S REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting we have the release of the World Report for Jamboree on the Air for 2017 and we hear from Jim Wilson, K5ND, on his meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Although the U.S. numbers were down as previously reported, the world report on Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet shows an increase of overall activity. Around 1.6 million people participated in the 2017 JOTA including 1.4 million youth at 28,178 locations around the globe representing 152 countries. This is an increase of around 200,000 more participants over 2016. The most activity for Amateur Radio was found on SSB. Over on the Internet side, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) scored the top position. You can find a link to the full report on the jotajoti.info website.

Every month we have a Net on Echolink that amateurs and scouters participate in to share stories and learn about various activities going on around the U.S. This month we had an update from Jim Wilson, K5ND, who just got back from the international committee meeting in Malaysia, about the good things to come from the new Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Mr. Ahmed AlHendawi.

[K5ND] Perhaps one of the most exciting things for me personally was the Secretary General who was the United Nations Youth Envoy for a number of years has recently stepped into the World Organization of the Scout Movement as their Secretary General, very dynamic individual, very connected across the planet. They're actually opening an office in New York to better work with the United Nations, better work with the media center, essentially of the universe. Just a complete breakthrough in the thinking and the enthusiasm that is underway in that office in the thinking of Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet.

BILL: We also heard about high altitude ballooning from Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, and how you can integrate this activity with your radio scouting adventures. All interested amateurs are invited to join the net monthly on the second Thursday of every month at 9PM central on the *JOTA-365* conference node.


HAMS PREP FOR DIRECTION-FINDING COMPETITION


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: This summer, hams from all over will gather in northern California to run in the woods seeking hidden transmitters. Here with the details is Newsline's Joe Moell (MELL) K-zero-O-V, who is also the ARRL's Direction Finding Coordinator.

JOE: They range in age from the teens to the 70s and they're coming from all over to compete in the most physical of all ham radio sports. I'm talking about on-foot hidden transmitter hunters, also called foxtailers and radio-orienteers. Their sport is Amateur Radio Direction Finding, or ARDF.

It's all done on foot in a BIG outdoor space. Thanks to a set of standard international rules, it's pretty much the same all over the world so we can have international competitions. Your mission is to try to find up to five hidden ham radio transmitters without assistance while on the run or trotting or just walking. You'll carry a map and compass so you don't get lost.

You can mix in with the USA's best radio-orienteers at the eighteenth national ARDF championships in mid-June near Truckee, California, which is 33 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. It starts off with a day of optional intense training on June 13, followed by four days of competition on the two-meter and eighty-meter bands. If your time is limited, just come for the classic competitions on the weekend.

Learn from the experts, then see how you do for yourself out on the courses. You don't have to be a marathoner, but it helps to be in good shape. There are eleven separate categories with medals for the best three in each, so you'll only be competing against people of your own age range and gender.

Registration for the championships will open soon. So start making plans. You can read all the details on the web at www.homingin.com. That's homingin -- as one word -- homingin.com.

TOUGH SLEDDING FOR AMATEURS IN WISCONSIN


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When hams find themselves operating in the cold grip of winter, public service events aren't likely to be the usual walkathons, marathons or bicycle races. Instead, think "mush" - as we hear from Kent Peterson KC0DGY.

KENT's REPORT: When you're planning a serious sled-dog race, there are some things you just can't do without: First of all, you need dogs - but it's a good idea to bring along some ham radio operators too. Those elements plus some skilled mushers are what always seem to make the Apostle Islands Dog Sled Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin a success. Hams have been a part of this race in northern Bayfield County for the past 23 years. The tracks of the various races along the Sand River Trail System reach within two miles of Lake Superior. The one thing the route doesn't reach, however, is a cell phone tower. According to Chris Keezer KC9NNV, that's where the hames come in.

They are part of Wisconsin's ARES/RACES and experienced at passing traffic. Chris, who's been coordinating the amateurs at the race for four years, said this year's team of six amateurs welcomed Haily KD9GCC as a first-timer helping keep an eye on race participants at the various check points. Chris was also joined by Larry K9LRD, Travis KC9GYD, Joe KD9CJX and Chuck N9CZM.

Chris told Newsline in an email: [quote] "We were there to keep everyone informed and for the safety of the races." [close quote]

Chris said there were about 50 teams and they raced the clock as they covered as much as 80 miles a day on the weekend of February 3rd and 4th. Keeping an eye out for safety in this kind of freezing weather, no doubt the hams themselves did their job doggedly.

WORLD OF DX


In the world of DX, begin listening on February 24th for members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club of Frankfurt Germany as they begin operating as XV9DLH from Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. It's not known how long they plan to be there. Operators include Bernhard/DK7TF and Jürgen/DH6ICE. QSL via DK8ZZ.

Jean-Pierre F6ITD is operating as FG/F6ITD from the island of Guadeloupe until 15th of March. He can be found on SSB and FT8.

Listen for Lou, W0FK, operating as W0FK/4 on Longboat Key between the first of March through the 14th. He will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. According to his QRZ page, he will upload contacts to Logbook of the World. Contacts wanting a QSL card instead should send a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

KICKER: QSL, ANOTHER WAY OF CONTACTING YOUR IDENTITY

STEPHEN: Sometimes a QSL card is just a QSL card. Other times it's the start of some amazing new connections that turn out to be - well - very OLD connections. We'll let Mike Askins KE5CXP explain.

MIKE'S REPORT: One of the mainstays of amateur radio is the QSL card. It's a mutual confirmation of contact. But what happens when a new contact turns out to very possibly be an old contact -- one that happened, say, generations and generations ago? That may well be the case for Rita McConnell NE0DB of Colorado and Gene Giddings AA1XD of Maine. On the last day of 2017, Rita received a card from Gene confirming their recent QSO. Rita noted Gene's last name - Giddings - is the same as her maiden name.

Having a great interest in researching ancestry, Rita started digging. She noted in a Facebook post on December 31 that, at the very least, the two amateurs may share a New England connection.

She wrote: [quote] "We discovered that our eighth great-grandfather landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts on the Planter in 1635." [endquote]

This piqued Gene's interest even more. Gene told Newsline that he suspects the connection, if there is one, does indeed go way, way back. He has enlisted the help of a friend who is good at such research and she is helping him do his own side of the genealogical dig. Now, he says, it is time to wait and see.

Clearly, our QSL cards tell the world who we are - through our call signs, our photos and our addresses - but for these two hams, the discovery of identity through a QSL card may turn out to be so much more.
 

THURSDAY EDITION: Bull Net pasture call today, be there or else.....supposed to be warm today but I do not feel it yet....terrible news in FL, no answers......I have to listen in on 7.200, I hear we got ourselves another cuckoo channel. It is amazing how a bunch of low level eefs always find a frequency to congregate on and a way to spend thousands of dollars in gear only to make fools of themselves on a daily basis...kind of like some of the fools on 14313 who still make guest appearances.

Joe- K1JEK is rolling out a commercial line of repeater base antennas....here is the prototype..

K7AGE Quartzfest Video

Randy Hall K7AGE talked to Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK and Amy Herndon AI6ZU about their amateur radio projects at Quartzfest 2018 in Arizona  Watch Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, and Amy Herndon, AI6ZU, at Quartzfest 2018 LINK

Sunspot explodes, hurls CME at Earth

On Feb. 12th, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2699 exploded - for more than 6 hours.

The slow-motion blast produced a C1-class solar flare and hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) almost directly toward Earth. 

NOAA forecasters say there is a 60% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms with isolated periods of stronger G2 storming when the CME arrives on Feb. 14th or 15th.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information about this event and the possible visibility of auroras.

Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Plans Coming Together for this

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) reports that its plans to activate the protected marine area of Ducie Island from October 20 to November 3, 2018 are starting to jell. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 21st most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D. A team of 15 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days, departing from Mangareva, French Polynesia, aboard the expedition ship Braveheart. Seven operating positions are planned for 160 to 10 meters, SSB/CW/digital, including FT8. VP6D has added 6-meter Earth-moon-Earth to the mix and hopes to make the first ever 6-meter moonbounce contacts from Ducie Island.

“The logistics plan is coming together,” the team announced on February 8. “Our equipment will be consolidated in Fremont, California, for testing, packaging, and shipment to the Braveheart in New Zealand.”

The team reported that its antenna plans are coming together, with 2-element vertical dipole arrays on the high bands backed up by a couple of horizontal beams; 4-squares on 30 and 40 meters, and verticals on 80 and 160. Top Band receive antennas are still under development.

A grant from the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) as well as contributions from other DX organizations, are helping to fund the adventure’s clubs and foundations.

It’s believed that this would be the fourth DXpedition to Ducie Island. An uninhabited atoll, Ducie Island is a British Overseas Territory in the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific

ARRL Announces 2018 Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology Sessions

As part of its educational outreach through the Education & Technology Program (ETP), ARRL will offer three sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology this July. The week-long workshops will be held at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, and in Dayton, Ohio — hosted by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). The Teachers Institute (TI) is an expenses-paid, professional development seminar that provides teachers at all grade levels with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, radio science, space technology, and satellite communication, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers, and basic robotics in their classrooms.

The Teachers Institute curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students. The goal of the TI program is to equip educators with necessary foundational knowledge and — through hands-on learning — generate the inspiration for teachers to continue exploring wireless technology and adapt what they learn to their classroom curricula.

Interested educators can apply online. The $100 enrollment fee is refunded for applicants who are not selected. A qualified applicant must be an active teacher at an elementary, middle, high school, or community college/university, or in a leadership or enrichment instruction role in an after-school program.

V-DAY EDITION:  Took a day trip with the significant other....no news today

Yaesu FT-891 unboxing and introduction

Hello Operators
For a little less than two weeks I've been testing the Yaesu ft-891 quietly here at my home qth. This rig was a natural progression and update for the solar powered Field Station. I initially thought I would end up with a Yaesu ft-857d or Icom 7200, but there were some compelling reasons to give the Yaesu ft-891 a try.
In todays video, we do an unboxing, go through some of the key features of the rig, discuss integration into the solar-powered Field Station, and add some perspective to the discussion of whether or not to buy this radio versus the Yaesu ft-857d.
Julian oh8stn

TUESDAY EDITION: Bright, sunny, and 25°....I have not watched watched much of the Olympics on tv but did catch the young lady from CA win the Gold in snow boarding. Interesting I guess, but luge, skeleton, and curling? Who the hell got these into the Olympic sports?.....Curling has to have an origin of a college dorm hallway sport which commenced after drinking Mad Dog 20/20 for 5 hours.....Skeleton, who the hell jumps on a piece of discarded cardboard  and barrel asses down a mountain side? Had to be a double dare!...lots of questions but no answers.

DXCC Most Wanted

The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of February 7th.

The list contain 340 entities and the top 10 entities seems to have changed with the addition of Kosovo:
1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
3. FT5/W Crozet Island
4. Z6 Republic of Kosovo
5. CE0X San Felix Islands
6. KH1 Baker Howland Islands
7. BS7H Scarborough Reef
8. BV9P Pratas Island
9. KH7K Kure Island
10. KH3 Johnston Island

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php

Latest news from the Republic of Kosovo

The weather has been warming up in Kosovo lately and is currently above the freezing mark. Many are wondering why it isn’t possible to eliminate the noise by setting up camp in the quiet open field. The underlying fact is that Pristina is more that 650m above the sea level, and this winter has been particularly cold with -13C temperatures experienced during the activation period.

There are prospects in place for the final and upcoming week to operate from a better place. Driton, Z61DX, has been testing the location and reception is dramatically better than at Z60A.

Considering that Kosovo will stay on the DXCC map and that this is the very first activation, not all noise and other challenges are expected to be resolved. However, a remote location for RX/TX is underway and the first tests may be done this week. Bill, AA7XT, has donated an XR9 antenna to this application and it is now used at a temporary location by Z61DX - soon to be moved to the remote site. The project seeks a reasonably priced pair of second-hand TS590 rigs for remote implementation. Please contact N7NG or OH2BH.

The purpose of this first activation was to bring in delegates from as many countries as possible. This helps Kosovar hams in expanding their network of friends into many interesting countries – something that had not happened over the past years of “none” status. During this coming week Toivo, ES2RR, will boost the number of delegate countries to ten (10).

The departing German/Slovenian team of DJ5IW, DM5TI, DD2ML and S57AW did a fantastic job while introducing the data modes (RTTY & FT8). They made up to 10,000 digital QSOs (some 4000 in the WPX RTTY) , with the Z60A project total now reaching 70,000. Driton, Z61DX, and his brother Agim, Z61AS, were also QRV all day Saturday on FT8 as a result of the past week’s work by Ulli, DD2ML, and others.

During this RTTY weekend the SHRAK HQ location was exclusively activated on 20M SSB by locals: Z61VB, Z61FF, Z62FB and Z63DBB.

The DX community has been generous to their fellow hams in Kosovo.
All donations are temporarily marked for SHRAK needs and will be managed by the Yasme Foundation directors Martti, OH2BH, and Hans, PB2T, together with Pertti, OG2M, and SHRAK president Vjollca, Z61VB. The “early LoTW with fast paper QSL” concept will continue to March 15th, 2018. Thanks also to Jyri, OH2KM, for managing all related data operations.

The final jubilee week is now starting. An international delegation will participate in the ceremonies celebrating the 10th anniversary of Independence. In addition, they will give out new DXCC contacts to those who still have an “ATNO” need and be active in the ARRL DX CW contest.

MONDAY EDITION: Well, it's motivation Monday as I used to tell the kids, ....but I am not so motivated today, rainy, cloudy, and generally shitty out....good story below about the radio, when men were men. My dad's era from WW2 were something to be proud of. My dad served in the Philippines with the Seabees, I loved looking at his photo albums and sharing his stories, still have several hand made knives he made on duty,....Dave-AB1XG dares me to post this, why Dave?....Mud Duck is sporting his new spring attire down on the Cape Cod Canal....

“canteen radio” that was used by US Army personnel in the Japanese POW camp at Cabanatuan in the Philippines during WWII.
An operating display at the Veterans Day 2017 Open House at the Veterans Memorial Building.

3Y0I Bouvet DXpedition rebooted

According to the Web page, operators Dominik 3Z9DX, Stanislaw SQ8X, Leszek SP3DOI, Branko YU4DX and Frans J69DS have rebooted their plans to activate Bouvet Island.

They state, "Our trip originally planned at the end of 2017 was canceled at the request of the organizers of the '3Y0Z' expedition. Due to the cancellation by the organizers, we are now returning to the implementation of our project and preparations for our trip as a matter of urgency." No dates are mentioned on the Web page, but "DX-WORLD.net" states that they "received info from a Norwegian contact that the 3Y0I license has been renewed. A landing permit has also been issued by the Norwegian Polar Institute. No dates of activity are mentioned, but the permit is good until February 2019. However, DX-World contact suggests activity could be sometime this year."

The expedition plans are as follows per the Web page:
How? -- For the purposes of the expedition, a 24-m-high seagoing yacht
with a PowerSail sails and 2 engines of 250 HP was chartered.
The unit is adapted to move in extreme weather conditions.
During the stay on the island, before the bad weather, we will be protected by proper construction of expedition tents.

Where? -- Our expedition will start in South Africa, from where we will sail to the Bouvet Island. We will cover over 2,800 nautical miles in the far South Atlantic. It's over ... 5200 km! After landing on Bouvet Island, we will install a camp and shortwave radio on the glacier plateau (it covers 93% of the island's
surface. In good weather, we will get Olavtoppen - the highest peak of the island rising 760m above sea level.

When? -- Our expedition will take place during the sub-antarctic summer in the Southern Hemisphere. A sea journey in stormy conditions will take about 12 days one way. If the weather is favorable for us, we will spend about two weeks on the island. With successful winds, the expedition plan will close in about a month and a half.

Stay tuned for further details........
https://bouvetoya.org/

There is speculation that the radio was actually originally built on Corregidor before its capture (and subsequent Bataan death march to Cabanatuan) but was later modified in the POW camp for a 6J7 tube after the original 12SK7 tube burned out as described above.  The 12SK7 (VT-131) pentode tube would have been a logical choice at a forward Army base in WWII.  That tube would have been available in quantity as it is used in the Army aircraft Command Set receivers and others during that time.  It’s also obviously suitable in a single-tube radio design.  Considering the parts requirements, the Corregidor assembly scenario rings true to me – but no firm record of that.

Its discovery at Lieutenant Gibson’s bunk would certainly have resulted in his summary murder, at a minimum. But it escaped discovery by the Japanese guards until the camp was assaulted and liberated on 30 JAN, 1945.  Assault personnel were from Company’s C and F, 6th Ranger Battalion, Alamo scouts and Filipino guerillas. The original radio apparently disappeared into The Fog of War at that time.

Using a radio like this in a POW camp also presents a “technical” discovery risk – the radio actually radiates a signal on the frequency to which it is tuned.  That is inherent in a simple regenerative receiver circuit.  If the POW camp had a shortwave communications receiver in their HQ (they likely did), any Japanese radio operator also listening to any of these radio stations would have heard the signal from the canteen radio on the same frequency. Any radio operator worthy of the name would immediately recognize it and realize that’s what they were hearing.   VERY risky.

This replica is made from primarily WWII vintage electronic parts and includes 2 interchangeable tuning coils wound on 1 inch diameter bamboo forms.  One is for SW broadcasts, the other for MF broadcast band use; the turns are held somewhat in place with pine pitch.  The four D cell filament batteries are appropriately concealed inside a piece of bamboo tube.  (Mine uses a 6SK7 because I couldn’t fit 8 D Cells inside the bamboo tube to power the 12 volt filaments of a 12SK7. Both tubes have otherwise identical performance and connections.)  The 100 pf grid-leak capacitor is actually two 50 pf mica’s in parallel.

It is my first attempt at building a one-tube regenerative receiver and it works pretty well on AM and CW.  Modern SSB reception (these days) is dependent upon very careful adjustment and your imagination – SSB stability isn’t great (it’s poor) but theirs brought in the AM news from BBC, Radio Australia and US west coast stations including KGEI in San Francisco quite well.  Much more fun to play with than a modern “appliance” computer-with-antenna radio. Or reading Google News (GASP!) on the Internet…

Theirs was a “courage and ingenuity” type radio.

Finally, the replacement for the very successful Yaesu FT-817nd is about to see the light of day.

After rumors about the Yaesu FT-818 have been circulating for about 8 years, we get to see the first details on the new portable QRP all-band all-mode transceiver from Yaesu.  LINK

At some point the name Yaesu FT-791 surfaced, as well as a story about an un-named “FT-817 replacement project” that was rejected by the Yaesu management after a long development. However, it looks like the name that “stuck” was the FT-818, and just a few hours ago the FCC released the test results in receive mode for it.

What we know so far is that is covers 0.1 to 470MHz, it is still a superheterodyne receiver, comes with a BNC connector and it’s battery operated. Although the specs say “tri-band”, FCC reports coverage over 4 bands: 0.01-30MHz, 50-54MHz, 76-154MHz and 420-470MHz.

 



New England Hams you might run across on 39xx (secret frequency).........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
2017 HRO CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......always right....
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

 

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day...RIP...
Silent Key
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR- John- Very colorful character!......self appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow Mainer..........
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session

Silent Key: K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional musician, one of the nice guys on14313....